“A place where education, passion, and understanding intersect.” Undergraduate Certificate Minor Masters Degree Graduate Certificate Why study Gerontology at GSU? “A place where education, passion, and understanding intersect.”
What is a Gerontologist? • A Gerontologist is a professional who studies the social, psychological, and biological aspects of aging. • A Gerontologist can come from any professional background. (l to r): Graduate Students Celeste Selwyn, Peter Paye, NavtejSandhu, and Karla Coffee-Dunning
JOBS, JOBS, JOBS • As the population ages, many industries will need gerontological expertise • Additional training from GSU will set you apart in the competitive job market • The relative newness of the field means that there are opportunities for innovative ideas and new programs and products (AGHE, 2011). • In 2009, CNN listed Gerontology as one of 10 unusual majors that can get you jobs. http://www.cnn.com/2009/LIVING/worklife/08/19/cb.unusual.majors.jobs/ Find your professional identity in Gerontology!
….More and More Jobs • Administration • Aging Services Administrator Human Resources Information & Referral Specialist Volunteer Management • Financial and Legal Services • Career PlanningCertified Financial Planner ConservatorElder LawFiduciary GerontologistFraud PreventionSenior Real Estate Specialist • Fitness/Wellness • Fitness TrainerHydrotherapy Nutrition Counseling Physical TherapyRecreational TherapyRetreat/Wellness SpasSwimming Coach/InstructorWellness CoachYoga or Tai Chi Instructor • Health Care Services Continuum • Art Therapy Adult Day Care Adult Foster Home/RCF Alternative Medicine Assisted Living Alternative Medicine • Dentistry • Dietitian • Geriatric case manager • Geriatric medicine • Geriatric social work • Geriatric nursing • Health education • Public Health • Housing and Home Modification (to support Independent Living) • Aging-in-Place-Specialist Architect Engineer Home Security Interior Design
Exciting Career Opportunities Government • Urban Planners • Analyst: Public Health / Policy • Program Evaluators • Demographers Human Services and Non Profit • Social Workers • Nurses • Advocates • Program Administrators • Therapist Education • Teachers • Researchers Business • Sales • Managers • Marketing • Financial Planners • Lawyers A Gerontologist can come from any discipline and work in any field. Sociology, Social Work, Nutrition, Public Health, African American Studies, Law, Finance, Marketing, Public Policy, Nursing, and many more!!!
Thinking about Graduate School? • Gerontology and Aging Studies Programs • Georgia State - MA in Gerontology • University of Kentucky • University of South Florida • UNC Charlotte • University of Maryland – Baltimore • Specialization in Gerontology or Geriatrics or Aging Studies within other disciplines (l to r) Graduate Students Sophie Carsow, Helen Larson, and Celeste Selwyn attending student orientation Fall 2010. Sophie and Celeste are both MA students and Helen Larson just completed her certificate in Gerontology and is working as a Geriatric Social Worker at Wesley Woods (Emory).
Combines classroom and applied learning experiences • Undergraduate Certificate Requirements • 5 Courses (15 credit hours) • Aging and Society • Health and the Older Adult • Psychology of Aging • Aging Practice or Aging Policy • Elective course • Internship (3-credit hours) • 140 hours of hands on experience • Often lead to job networking contacts and ongoing relationships Masters student Christina Policastro presenting a poster at the 22nd Annual Student Mentoring Conference. March 2011.
A Certificate in Gerontology complements any major • Adds value to your degree • Flexibility to substitute relevant coursework or field experience required for your major • Upper-division coursework counts toward residency requirements Lorri Bowers is a Gerontology Alumni (2010). Lorri holds a Bachelors Degree in Sociology and an undergraduate certificate in Gerontology. Lorri is starting a Masters in Divinity Program at Emory University Fall 2011.
Connect with strong alumni network • Over 500 Alumni of Gerontology programs at GSU • Internship opportunities • Mentorship • Job advice • Active and engaged alumni club • The institute has been awarding certificates since 1973. Davette Taylor Harris – MA Alumni 06’ Davette was in the first cohort of the MA program at GSU. She is currently employed with the Atlanta Regional Commission as a Senior Program Specialist.
Be part of the Gerontology Community • Students are welcome to attend gerontology events, lectures, and meetings • Students can volunteer to participate in faculty research projects • Students are encouraged to participate in community outreach and volunteer activities • Students have access to department computer lab Rice Scholars: Elizabeth Avent and Zachary Redding attending a Gerontology undergraduate luncheon Fall 2010. Elizabeth is taking full advantage of her scholarship and studying abroad in Costa Rica for the summer 2011.
A chance to make a difference and get connected • The institute offers several community service opportunities for our students • Meals on Wheels • Annual 50 Plus Health Fair • Alzheimer's Walk Graduate student Antonious “Skip” Skipper performing a fall prevention test at the 9th Annual “50 Plus Free Health Fair.”
Certificate application process • Undergraduate Certificate • Must be enrolled as an undergraduate at GSU • No application fees • Graduate Certificate • Applications processed through graduate school • http://www.cas.gsu.edu/grad_admission.html • For internal applications (students who are enrolled in a graduate program at GSU) • Application fee is waived • Deadlines • July 1 for Fall Admission • November 15 for Spring Admission • Contact Christina Sims at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Graduate Students attending Fall Orientation.
MA Program in Gerontology • Choose from two concentrations • Research • Program Administration • Graduate Assistantships and Scholarships Available • Apply for Fall or Spring Admission • April 15 (deadline for Fall Admission • October 15 (deadline for Spring Admission) • Required materials • GRE Scores • Transcripts • 3 Letters of Recommendation • Statement of Goals • Resume Graduate Student Peter Paye and Dean Lauren Adamson at GSU Honors Night
A Gerontologist you all know… • Dr. Zhan is the winner of the 2011 Distinguished Faculty Award in Gerontology • Dr. Zhan has been an affiliate faculty member of the Gerontology Department for over 10 years. • Dr. Zhan has supervised more graduate students in Gerontology than any other affiliate faculty member. Dr. Zhan attending the Barbara Payne Lectureship in Gerontology seen here with some enthusiastic undergraduate students!
Individual attention and mentorship • Student Affairs • Christina Sims, MPA • email@example.com • Undergraduate Director • Dr. Candace Kemp • firstname.lastname@example.org • Director of Graduate Studies • Dr. Tai Wang • email@example.com
For more information visit: • www.gsu.edu/gerontology • www.careersinaging.com • www.aahsa.org/article.aspx?id=354 • Contact us….. • One Park Place, Suite 605 or 404-413-5210 Phone • Find us on the web at www.gsu.edu/gerontology • Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GSUGerontology